Top 10 Lectures from the Great Courses Plus: Photography, History, and Strategy Dominate

For the second month in a row, National Geographic photography lecture is the most watched from new ‘binge-learning’ video service

CHANTILLY, Va.--()--The Great Courses Plus released its monthly “What America is Learning” chart. The new learning-on-demand platform from The Great Courses streams more than 5,000 individual video lectures covering a wide range of subjects from the world’s greatest professors.

Photography, history and strategic thinking lectures top this month’s chart from the lifelong learning company (

“This month’s Top 10 highlights the creative photographer in all of us with three photography lectures by National Geographic’s amazing artists,” said Ed Leon, Chief Brand Officer at The Great Courses, now celebrating its 25th year. “Science again grabs mindshare as Neal DeGrasse Tyson moves up to the number 5 slot, while two chess lectures join the returning Rubik’s Cube tutorial to highlight a strong interest in strategic thinking.”

Top 10 most-watched individual lectures in November:

1. Making Great Pictures – Study of what makes a photo iconic from National Geographic’s “Fundamentals of Photography”

2. The World of Chess – Guided introduction to the game, the pieces and the moves of the universal pastime

3. Camera Equipment – What You Need – No-nonsense National Geographic guide to the equipment and settings for creating enduring photos

4. Secrets of the Pawns and Knights – Master lesson from the “How to Play Chess” series on how to control the board

5. History’s Mysteries – How science solved concepts that were once unexplainable, hosted by Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson

6. Lenses and Focal Length – National Geographic demonstration on lenses, one of the most critical tool of photography

7. Mastering Rubik’s Cube – Step-by-step method for solving this mind-bending puzzle

8. Yellowstone: Microcosm of the National Parks – National Geographic-guided tour of the awe-inspiring world’s first national park

9. Petersburg: Union Digs its Own Grave-1864 – Analysis of the Civil War battle, a prime example of history’s military blunders

10. ‘Cooking – Ingredients, Techniques, and Flavor’ – Culinary Institute of America Chef Instructor Bill Briwa examines the science of taste

Members of The Great Courses Plus get unlimited access to more than 5,000 lectures online via connected television or mobile devices for a monthly subscription fee. New members can sample the service without risk for 30 days with a one-month free trial. After that, plans start as low as $29.99 with a yearly subscription. Unlike other streaming services that merely aggregate content, The Great Courses Plus features all originally produced premium content, and there are no plans to remove lecture series as long as they remain relevant to members.

The Great Courses, which services millions of lifelong learners, has delivered more than 19 million courses since 1990 via CDs, DVDs, digital downloads and streaming apps. Each year the company hones its media production values, graphics and animation, always aimed at creating learning experiences that ignite the minds and imaginations of its customers. The result is a global community of lifelong learners who include noted business and political leaders worldwide.

About The Great Courses

The Great Courses is the nation’s leading developer and marketer of premium-quality media for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Delivered in engaging, expertly produced video and audio (in convenient online, digital, video on demand and disc formats), these carefully crafted courses provide access to a world of knowledge from the most accomplished professors and experts. The content-rich, proprietary library spans more than 550 series with more than 14,000 lectures designed to expand horizons, deepen understanding, and foster epiphanies in the arts, science, literature, self-improvement, history, music, philosophy, theology, economics, mathematics, business, professional advancement, and personal development. Creating unique learning experiences since 1990, The Great Courses is the premier brand of The Teaching Company Sales, LLC of Chantilly, Virginia, which is owned by Los Angeles-based Brentwood Associates. More information can be found at


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Release Summary

Photography, history and strategic thinking lectures top this month’s chart from the lifelong learning company, The Great Courses Plus.


The Great Courses
Roxanna Eke, 310.824.9000